Leadership: Featured Writer Blogs
Diving Into the World Aquatics Health Conference
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2013
Debbie couldn't believe she was in the same position again. Four years ago, her daughter missed making the U.S. Olympic swim team. It had been agonizing then as her daughter, who was favored to make the team, struggled through her swim. Even her children, including her 11-year-old son, were in shock. After the race, it was discovered Debbie's daughter had swam through herniated discs and stress fractures in her back.
Blog: A Budding Star Resurfaces
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2013
Villains in the world of track and field are rare. Turning fans and/or competitors against you typically requires doing one thing: cheating. But for young Zola Budd at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, there was no cheating. There was no boisterous verbal sparring with her media-created rival, American Mary Decker. All it took was a racing error on Decker's part to turn Budd into one of the most despised athletes in America - at the ripe old age of 18.
Blog: The Wussification Has to Stop
by Michael Gaio October 2013
First there were youth sports leagues that stopped keeping score for fear of someone having hurt feelings. Then there's the football league in California that does keep score, but penalizes the teams that win by too much. Now, it appears we've reached a level of softness even Charmin can't match.
Blog: If You Can't Beat 'Em… Beat 'Em Up!
by Emily Attwood October 2013
I was sitting in a hotel lobby surrounded by other people when I opened up my morning news alerts and saw an article announcing the Kentucky High School Athletic Associations' decision to suspend post-game handshakes, so I had to keep my disgust to a minimum - a casual eye roll and understated sigh. Seriously? These athletes are displaying poor sportsmanship, and the solution to that is to do away with the concept? That's like dropping math from the curriculum because the students aren't getting it.
Blog: Defending "The Slowest Generation"
by Emily Attwood September 2013
Friday afternoon, when I should have been hard at work on AB's November issue, I instead found myself fuming over an article from Thursday's Wall Street Journal sent to me by our company owner. The article deemed younger athletes "The Slowest Generation," and accused my generation of being too apathetic about performance and competition.
Blog: Why Calling 'Obesity' a 'Disease' Is So Troubling
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein June 2013
Jerry Seinfeld does a bit during which he discusses topics that make people whisper. Cancer is one of them. "Did you hear about Bill? He has (whispering) cancer."
Blog: SoulCycle Lawsuit Could Hurt Fitness Industry
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein May 2013
The recently filed class-action lawsuit against the indoor cycling chain SoulCycle for allegedly violating California and New York wage laws could have a huge impact on the health and fitness industry. We're fascinated by it and are watching to see how it progresses. The complaint, filed by a former SoulCycle instructor, claims that SoulCycle instructors - who are paid only for the classes they teach - are "required to work above and beyond the time instructing a class." Their duties include training, preparation, communication with customers, meetings, special-event classes and assisting with marketing.
Blog: After a Sad Week, Count Your Blessings
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2013
"This is just like New Orleans."
In the wake of the tragedy in Boston this week, we were reminded of that quote from 2005. It came from one of our health club members and is seared into our brains. And it reminds us never to become the kind of people who would say that. Such a statement colors our opinion of customer service and how we respond to difficult situations.
Blog: Is It Time for a Shot Clock at All Levels?
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013
The debate over whether high school basketball needs a shot clock has raged for years. But recent "stall ball" incidents at playoff games in Michigan and Utah, initiated by teams holding onto the ball for nearly an entire quarter - they barely even freakin' dribbled! - while crowds let the boos fly, have prompted calls for reassessment.
Blog: A Simple Answer to a Simple Management Question
by Andrew Cohen February 2013
The very-active NIRSA Community forum - if you don't know, that's the place where college recreation professionals post job offerings and seek advice on facilities, management and equipment issues - tackles some thorny questions. So when a post appeared Monday headed "Need opinions on a tough situation," I donned my thinking cap and girded myself for something…well, tough.